What is Digital Health?

What is digital health?

 

In more recent years, digital health (also known as ehealth) have been transforming the landscape of health care. Digital health refers to the incorporation of electronic communication and information technology, to improve health care, human health and wellbeing. Digital mental health (or e-mental health) is the more specific term given to those products/services that are delivered via the web and other related technologies (mobile applications, telephone/VOIP, virtual environments/serious gaming and wearable sensor devices) that specifically focus on improving mental health and wellbeing. The more common types of digital health care services include:

 

  • information provision;
  • screening, assessment and self-monitoring tools;
  • digital health programs (health promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment and relapse prevention intervention programs) with or without professional support;
  • health professional training; and
  • therapist and social support (e.g., video-chat sessions with a therapist, moderated bulletin boards, chat rooms, social media).

 

The major advantages of digital health includes greater accessibility, mass dissemination, reduction in health costs, increased interactivity and tailoring of content to increase consumer engagement, and it is particularly well suited for those in regional, rural and remote locations or for those that avoid face to face assistance due to stigma.